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President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan welcomed the suggestion Sunday that the Obama administration might be open to negotiations with Taliban moderates. It is "good news," Karzai said, "because this has been the stand of the Afghan government." Obama told The New York Times that such a strategy was successful in Iraq and "there may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and the Pakistani region" to promote reconciliation with Karzai's government.

At least 30 people were killed Sunday in Baghdad as a terrorist aboard a motorbike exploded a bomb among recruits outside the city's police academy. The frequency of such attacks has increased as foreign forces withdraw and Iraqis take over more responsibility for their own security. The incident was the second of its type in Iraq in three days and the second to inflict mass casualties at the academy since Dec. 1.

In some of his most defiant remarks since the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Sunday poured scorn on it and Western nations. Waving a ceremonial sword on a visit to Darfur Sunday, he told a cheering crowd, "[the court] and everyone who works for it are under my feet" – a supreme insult among Arabs. Bashir, who already has ordered the closure of 13 aid agencies, also threatened to expel more missions as well as diplomats and foreign peacekeepers "if they go against Sudanese law."


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